Winter Olympics: Canada gets gold, silver in women’s skiicross

Winter Olympics: Canada gets gold, silver in women's skiicross.
Winter Olympics: Canada gets gold, silver in women's skiicross.

Canada got its 10th gold of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. After a godless day yesterday, the Canadians started on a pleasing note with the women taking Gold and Silver in women’s ski cross.Brady Lemana had earlier won the gold in men’s section as well.

Canada continues at number three position in overall medals tally.

It was to the great excitement of a group of Canadian winter sports enthusiasts who have come all the way to watch their stars in action to see Canadian women  finishing first and second  in skicross at the Pyeongchang Winter Games. Kelsey Serwa of Kelowna, B.C., taking gold and Brittany Phelan of Mont-Tremblant, Que.bec, earning silver.

Switzerland’s Fanny Smith captured bronze while World Cup leader Sandra Naeslund of Sweden was fourth.

The medallists had to wait several minutes for the official results to be posted as judges reviewed the race.

Marielle Thompson of Whistler, B.C., who won gold four years ago in Sochi, was eliminated in the opening heat at Phoenix Park. She fell behind shortly after the start and spun out early.

It was her first competitive event since rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament during a training run in October ahead of the World Cup season.

India Sherret of Cranbrook, B.C., was also eliminated in the first heat after a fall midway down the course. She crashed into a roller and had to be taken off on a sled.

A silver in women’s hockey followed by silver in short speed skating by Kim Boutin and a bronze in men’s 5000 metres relay swelled the Canadian medal tally that needed a gold to enter double figure.